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Countries promote regional tourism initiative

The film is part of the national action programme in tourism and the national tourism promotion programme in 2010 initiated by Vietnam. 

Covering a tour of four nations, the documentary will become a significant drawing-card for foreign tourists, said Nguyen Phuc Thanh, Head of the Organisation and Personnel Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at a seminar held in Hanoi on January 19. 

With an array of short documentary films, the programme will use 3D and 2D vision to feature the history, culture and daily life of the four countries, with Vietnam at the centre.

It focuses on new, mysterious and attractive destinations -- from the Temple of Literature, Thang Long royal citadel, handicraft villages in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Mekong River, Luang Prabang ancient capital city and Thap Luang of Laos to Angkor Wat temple, ancient capital city of Angkor Thom and Sea Lake of Cambodia and Shwe Dagon pagoda, Mandalay ancient capital city and Bagas city of Myanmar. 

At the seminar, representatives from Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia expressed their support for the Vietnam’s initiative idea and took the occasion to introduce their special cultural and historical destinations.

* First helicopter tour launched

A new air tour using a MI 172 helicopter lifted off at Da Nang Airport on January 18, carrying 24 passengers to visit famous tourist sites, including Son Tra, Ngu Hanh Son, Dai Beach and Cu Lao Chao Island.

This was the first helicopter tour conducted by the Northern Air Services Company and the Vietnam Tourism Company (Vitours).

In the initial period, tours will use a MI 172 helicopter manufactured in Russia and an EC 155B1 manufactured in France.

There will be tours over Da Nang City, Da Nang-Son Tra-Cu Lao Chao-My Son, Da Nang-Cu Lao Cham, Da Nang-Ly Son and Da Nang-Con Co in routes.

Two flights will be conducted before and after the traditional Lunar New Year festival (Tet) with a cost of nearly VND6 million per passenger.